Why We Rank Sin and How That Is So Rank to God
We know it’s a bad thing. We know we are sinners. But, how many of us can admit that we know we have a hierarchy of sin?
We have placed some sinners above others. To us, here are worse sins and better sins. God doesn’t see it this way. He hates sin. All sin.
All of it keeps us from Him.
So, why do we have the hierarchy? Well, there’s the obvious reason that some sins have bigger consequences than others. Murder has a much more permanent and devastating consequence than hate. Just look at the difference in jail times. It’s obvious which one is worse, right?
Then listen to Jesus:
You have heard that it was said to an older generation, ‘Do not murder,’ and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults a brother will be brought before the council, and whoever says ‘Fool’ will be sent to fiery hell.” Matthew 5:21-22, NET
Doesn’t look like much of a hierarchy to me. God looks on the heart and knows. And, He hates all sin.
We make the hierarchy because it makes us look good. That’s my deeper heart reason for it: “I’m not that bad. I’m actually pretty good in comparison to many.” I like the hierarchy because it boosts my pride.
God, on the other hand, doesn’t see me that way. He sees a sinner that outside of the grace of the death and resurrection of His Son would never be able to approach His throne. My very pride is as ugly as anyone else’s sin could ever be.
But, don’t be discouraged by this; instead, be encouraged. We can finally cease striving to win God’s favor or the favor of other people. Which ultimately means, we can stop doing things that just don’t matter. Even the good things. Even the church things.
So release all that junk that you’re doing just to look good. Do things instead out of love. A love filled with the debt of gratitude we feel that He sent His son so we could be in His presence.
Until we see ourselves rightly, we are just jockeying for position on a ladder that’s leaning on the wrong wall.
Lean the ladder against God and then climb up closer to Him. That’s what matters.